Migration: Mobility and Refuge in the Global City

By Zef Egan and Chris Kennedy

In this latest edition of Resilience Quarterly entitled “Migrations”, scholars and storytellers present diverse perspectives on mobility and refuge in the anthropocene. We are especially excited to partner with the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility on this issue, which supports critical and applied scholarship and opportunities for social action and policy engagement on issues like mobility, refugees and forced migration, and climate induced migration. In a new piece developed for Resilience, “Adaptation, Relocation, Marginalization: contradictions in the governance of environmental mobility in African cities”, Achilles Kallergis, Assistant Professor and Director of the Cities and Human Mobility Project at Zolberg, confronts the difficulties surrounding “environmental migration as successful adaptation to climate change.” Kallergis’s work highlights an urgent need for multi-level governance, international cooperation, and the recognition of migration as an important adaptation strategy.

In New neighbors, Resilience contributor Susana F. Molina, Editor-at-Large of The Urban Activist, reports how community activists responded to racism and hate crimes in a neighborhood of Berlin by founding “Willkommen in Westend” (Welcome to Westend), and transforming a dilapidated, vacant clinic into an Integration Hub that “facilitates the integration process by creating a community-space that assist refugees, migrants, as well as locals, to support social, cultural, and economic togetherness and prosperity through incubation of local initiatives.” In Right to Breathe, readers learn about how Jyoti Pande Lavakare organized Care For Air in New Dehli after witnessing “asthma among children…[becoming] commonplace and most households need[ing] inhalers and nebulisers for the young and elderly to get through the highly polluted winter months in northern India.” Care for Air joined forces with like-minded groups to form “Clean Air Collective,” aimed at curbing air pollution and inspiring residents to fight for refuge from pollutants and environmental justice for Indian city-dwellers. Finally, Resilience contributor Shaieree Cottar, coordinator for the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum, explores best practices and guiding principles for community-based relocation away from climate hazards in her essay, Building resilient pathways: Principles to enable managed retreat.

We hope these articles will inspire further discussion on the interdependent issues of human mobility, climate and equity. Have a story you want to share? Get in touch with our editorial team to submit a story, artwork, or article.

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Resilience Quarterly is a publication co-produced by the Urban Systems Lab at the New School, providing a unique forum to share strategies in design, data visualization, and interdisciplinary scholarship on urban ecology, environmental justice, and sustainable cities.

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